Dementia and hearing loss

May 29, 2019


Living with hearing loss is difficult. It can affect your ability to communicate at home and at work, leading to reduced quality of life. But did you know that hearing loss can also be related to dementia (memory problems)?

Two studies show links

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found a connection between hearing loss and dementia. One study shows that the ability to think and concentrate decreases 30 to 40% faster in people with hearing loss. 

Researchers aren’t sure if hearing loss directly causes this. But they are sure there’s a connection between the two. 

A second study looked at brain shrinkage, which is a normal part of aging. People with hearing loss had faster rates of shrinkage. It was also worse in parts of the brain involved in the early stages of mild mental impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Treat hearing loss early

These studies point to the need to treat hearing loss as early as possible. It's a simple but powerful way to help keep changes in the brain from happening.

If you’re concerned about hearing loss — whether it’s you or someone close to you — please contact ProHealth Hearing & Balance at 1-860-284-4940.